Now, I'm not a spectacular hotel stayer, yet in December 2016, on my very last Marriott night for the year and a decade after joining Marriott Rewards, I made my last night for Lifetime Platinum with a lifetime score of 750 nights and 2,500,000 points.
The nights suggest over 2 solid years sleeping in Marriotts bed and the points a spend of £200,000/$250,000.
But I haven't spent that many nights at Marriotts, nor have I've spent anything like £200,000.
So how did it happen, then?
This series of posts that follow go through my Road to Lifetime Platinum.
THE MARRIOTT HOTEL LIST
This is a list of all the Marriott hotels I've stayed at en-route to Lifetime Plat. Some I've stayed at only once, others like Birmingham, Leeds and LHR Renaissance, I've spent the equivalent of several weeks over dozens of stays. Save where stated otherwise all are Marriott full service hotels. Likewise, unless stated otherwise all are UK properties.
This is the list of all 88 Marriotts (*=suite upgrade & number of nights upgraded where more than one) I have ever stayed at in the last decade to end of 2016.
01. Albany Courtyard NY, AMERICA
02. Barcelona Fira Renaissance (*7 nights), SPAIN
05. Birmingham Forest of Arden Country Club
06. Bradford Hollins Hall Country Club (*2 nights)
07. Bristol City
08. Bristol Royal
09. Brussels, BELGIUM
10. Brussels Renaissance, BELGIUM
11. Budapest Boscolo Autograph (*5 nights), HUNGARY
12. Budapest Courtyard, HUNGARY
13. Budapest Marriott, HUNGARY
15. Cap D'Ail, MONACO
16. Chepstow St Pierre Country Club*
18. Copenhagen, DENMARK
19. Corpus Christi Springhill Suites TX, AMERICA
20. Derby Breadsall Priory Country Club
21. Dubai JW Marriott, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
22. Durham (*2 nights)
24. Edinburgh Glasshouse Autograph
25. Edinburgh Dalmahoy Country Club
26. Gettysburg Courtyard PA, AMERICA
27. Hamilton Residence Inn NJ, AMERICA
28. Harlingen Residence Inn TX, AMERICA
29. Houston Icon Autograph TX, AMERICA
30. Houston Downtown JW Marriott (*3 nights) TX, AMERICA
31. Houston Brookhollow Courtyard TX, AMERICA
32. Houston North TX, AMERICA
34. Leeds (*2 nights)
36. Lingfield Park
38. Liverpool Speke Airport
39. London Chancery Court Renaissance
40. London Gatwick Airport Courtyard*
41. London Grosvenor Square (*2 nights)
42. London Grosvenor House JW Marriott (*2 nights)
43. London Heathrow
44. London Heathrow Renaissance (*2 nights)
45. London Kensington
46. London Maida Vale
47. London Regents Park
48. London St Pancras Renaissance
49. London West India Quay
50. London Xenia Autograph
51. Maidstone Tudor Park Country Club
52. Manchester Airport (*5 nights)
53. Manchester Worsley Park Country Club (*2 nights)
54. Manchester Victoria and Albert
55. Miami Beach Stanton FL, AMERICA
56. Montreal Chateau Champlain, CANADA
57. Moscow Royal Aurora, RUSSIA
58. Newark Airport Renaissance NJ, AMERICA
59. Newcastle Gosforth
60 Newcastle Metrocentre
61. New York Marquis, Times Sq NY, AMERICA
62. New York Renaissance, Times Sq NY, AMERICA
63. Niagara Falls (*2 nights) ON, CANADA
65. Oakville Fairfield Inn ON, CANADA
66. Norwich Sprowston Manor Country Club
67. Ottawa ON, CANADA
68. Paris Champs Elysees (*2 nights), FRANCE
69. Paris Rive Gauche, FRANCE
71. Philadelphia PA, AMERICA
73. Prague Airport Courtyard, CZECH-REP
74. Preston (*2 nights)
75. Quebec Delta QC, CANADA
76. Richmond VA, AMERICA
77. San Antonio Plaza TX, AMERICA
78. Sharm El Sheikh Resort, EGYPT
80. Southampton Meon Valley Country Club (*4 nights)
83. Toronto Airport ON, CANADA
84. Toronto Eaton Centre ON, CANADA
85. Waltham Abbey*
86. Warsaw, POLAND
It isn't that difficult for me as the list is relatively short. I remember all the Marriotts I've visited but by no means every stay.
I would dearly like to see bejacob list as even now on less than 400 nights he advises me he seldom bpvisits the same property twice, so even now I'd imagine his property list is several times longer than mine!
Oooh, homework. Challenge accepted brightlybob
Let's see. Since joining Marriott Rewards in February 2011, I've accumulated 342 nights lifetime nights (which will jump to 352 as soon as rollover nights are calculated. Some of these have come from the credit card or previous rollovers, so I believe the total number of actual nights (paid and redeemed) stands at 203. As many of my stays are for a single night, those 203 nights equate to 169 stays. Of these 2 stays/4 nights were for work.
There are a few repeat visits (M Columbus/Airport, G Grapevine, AC Cincinnati/West Chester - I think that's all). There are also several local stays, usually when I needed an extra night/stay to reach a promo target.
Here's the list, in chronological order.
Note that the stay at SHS Corpus Christi (courtesy of brightlybob) is not on my list (it would be #151.5). I've kept records when I've paid or redeemed. In this case, I did neither, so I did not include it.
For extra credit I captured a screenshot from my spreadsheet (note that I did not include dates above, but I do track them on my spreadsheet as well how many "free" nights I've redeemed). It shows the last few stay and a couple charts with the number of stays by category and by brand. FFI and CY are still the highest, but M topped the list in 2016.
Wwhat an answer, bejacob... you are, as I have repeatedly said before, quite the overachiever
WHat is surprising is the number of nights credit you have, 342, against those actually stayed, 232 gaining 110 extra nights credit but that's your USA credit card chiming in with its 15 nights pa AND 1 night per $3,000 spent.
So, your list is twice as long as mine, with less than half the nights. Still overachieving... Gold Star!
razorbackfan I think both of our TIPPLE Gents are co-winners of the "Best Record-Keeping Award" as they are both pretty savoy Insiders.
Now I'm going to have to find a way to retract my 1084 nights and 2,734,117 points and see just how many I can recall, but it certainly will not be with any sophisticated things like a spread sheet and that's way over this guys head!
Great story brightlybob, I imagine that the listing of pubs and bars along the way would also be impressive. Congratulations on your achievement and i wish you many years to enjoy your status.
OH, crikey, now a list of all the bars I've drunk at... that would be a wonderful walk down memeory lane, though unsurprisingly enough there will be many that despite my best efforts I would be unable to recall. Indeed many that I couldn't recall at the time I was drinking there
This is amazing and extremely impressive! Tell us brightlybob, now that you are LIFETIME Platinum, where will you go next?
Very strangely although I have a lot of forthcoming work stays, none are in Marriott places so for what I think is going to be my first time in years I may not log any Marriott stays at all in January. All seem to be heading IHGs way.
As things currently stand I've only leisure reservations with Marriott for 3 paid nights at Orlando Residence Inn in 2 months and 5 paid nights at the Shanghai Marriott and 5 redemption nights at the Beijing Renaissance on Wangfujing in July.
I should add that I do look at Hilton (Diamond till 12/18 due to status match), SPG (Plat due to status match) and IHG (Spire due to stays and credit card) as well as Marriott (LTP-hooray) for all stays, and have done so since end September, when it was clear I'd make LTP either on numbers or on rollover. Despite this I'd say IHG have only taken a couple of nights from Marriott and neither Hilton nor SPG have been competitive enough to figure. My quest for my first Hilton night in 10 years and my first ever SPG night continues...
Well I did have a lot of old diary records which is where I started and built from there... and this is only a list of Marriott hotels I've stayed at since joining Marriott Rewards. I couldn't remember all hotels I've ever stayed at, but the Marriott's do stand out in my memory
PAID NIGHTS ACTUALLY STAYED
Now although my counter clearly shows I've reached the magic figure of 750 lifetime nights, I've not actually spent that many nights in Marriott's, indeed paid nights represent less than 500 of that total. So how did I reach 750 if not by staying? Well ver 10 years at Marriott there's been plenty of opportunities to earn extra qualifying nights...
Firstly I have had the UK credit card almost throughout which has credited me 10 nights per year, over the 10 years since I joined MR in 2006, so that's 100 nights credit. Plus I've had 40 nights credit from 4 cheap meetings held to keep status (or for double rollover credits) 10 double nights from a promo in 2009 and 35 nights from a double nights promo in 2016. Finally I had rollover nights counting twice, 24 from 2009 and 47 from 2014. So elite nights credited, but not actually spent at Marriott total 285 nights. This means I've actually spent 465 paid nights at Marriott over the 10 years. So how did that work then? Well I joined Marriott Rewards in 2006 as my work travel was increasing and reading Flyertalk encouraged me onto the loyalty ladder.
ELITE LEVEL AND NIGHTS
The table below shows year, elite level, nights credited/paid
2006 silver 20/10 that's 20 credited (inc 10 c/c nights) and 10 nights actually stayed
2007 silver 30/20 inc c/c so that's 30 credited, 20 stayed
2008 gold 50/40 c/c, achieved Gold at year end.
2009 plat 100/80 c/c & double nights promo, reached platinum in May on rolling year
2010 plat 75/40 c/c & 25 rollover from 2009. Plat (just) retained
2011 plat 45/35 kept plat on offer of renew in 18 nights Sept-Dec which I just did
2012 plat 30/30 Marriott closed U.K. c/c, lost plat at year end as insufficient nights
2013 gold 55/30 Marriott relaunched UK c/c plus extra 10 nights credit for a meeting
2015 plat 95/40 & c/c nights plus extra 45 nights rollover from 2014
2016 plat 130/60 & c/c nights plus 15 redeemed and 45 double-nights promo
750 nights achieved for LTP 15th December 2016
What can be seen here is that although I only stayed sufficient nights for platinum twice, in 2009 and 2014 I have spent 7 years at that status. The way I've retained high status throughout has been using the bonus nights, credit cards, rollovers and retain status offers to the best extent. I made Lifetime Gold status in 2014 and by end October 2015 achieved the 2 million points for lifetime Plat but remained 200 nights short. This was before the award nights counting rule came in but did include the credit card, and double-nights from the 2009 and 2016 promotions meaning ~400 were real paid nights.
I made the 750 lifetime nights on my final 2016 stay at the London Xenia, courtesy of the International double nights promo yet I actually stayed over my lifetime only ~450 paid nights, the other ~300 were double promos, double counting rollovers, credit card nights and (this year) redemptions too.
brightlybob Thanks for the details about your climb to the top. It provides some hope to those of us that don't stay in hotels as much as the road warrior types traveling for their employers. I am progressing upward at glacial speed!
Very nice thread! I wish I had a list of all the ones I've stayed at. I will hit LTP sometime this year. I am currently sitting at 1,402 nights and 1,596,880 points. All on stays, no CC or meetings. I believe I have only been in the MR program for about 6 or 7 years, maybe 8.
TO be honest Pluto, I felt the pressure release once I reached Lifetime Gold, since it was the upgrades, breakfast and lounge access I simply couldnt abide losing. This was especially important in the U.K. when all Marriotts were, without exception full service with only Marriott (50) Renaissance (3) and JW (1). Even now out of 70 hotels 60 are full service.
AS a matter of interest the U.K. today has 70 Marriott branded hotels
1 Residence Inn
1 JW Marriott
1 Marriott Exec Apt
The remaining 53 are Marriotts
Yes, strangely theres a property called Marriott Grand Residence London Mayfair which is a Vacation Club timeshare property. I remember seeing it advertised years ago, each timeshare day cost £50,000 or something equally stupid.
SO, we do have what I reckon is probably Marriott's weirdest and priciest MVC...
brightlybob What do you think of Moxy? There is one in Phoenix I was thinking of trying someday.
I've never stayed at a Moxy, there's not many in Europe and our 2 in the U.K. are both spanking new in fact one isn't open for another 10 weeks. Of our 2 Moxys, one is at Aberdeen airport so I doubt I'll ever use that, but I might "get with the kids" at the London Excel property one day...
Moxys tend to be smaller. If you are going with kids, you definitely need one of the family rooms. I always book them and never hope for an upgrade because the ones I've been to tend to sell out. (Milan and Munich).
I liked them at first but now I find them just useful for arrivals or departures. they'd be more fun if I was just hanging with my husband and didn't have anywhere to go. But usually for about the same price, I can find a Marrriott or Ren which I like better. I bit more space to roam with bigger rooms.
Well now let us see just how many I can remember over the 1084 nights, 2,734,117 points and 29 years.
Multiple Stays = #
1. Marriott Vacation Club Pluse at Custom House, Boston MA
2. Marriott Long Wharf, Boston MA #
3. Residence Inn Downtown, Boston, MA
4, New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY #
5. Renaissance Times Square, New York NY
6. Marriott East Side, New York, NY
7. The Algonquin Times Square Autograph Collection, New York, NY
8. Newark Airport Marriott, Newark, NJ
9. Philadelphia Airport Marriott, Philadelphia, PA #
10. Renaissance Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia PA
11. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
12. Residence Inn, Deptford, NJ
13. Residence Inn, Somers Point, NJ # (closed)
14. Fairway Villas, Galloway, NJ #
15. JW Marriott, Washington, DC #
16. Residence Inn Arlington Rosslyn, Arlington, VA
17. Crystal City Marriott at DCA, Arlington, VA
18. Marriott Chesapeake, Chesapeake, VA
19. Cleveland Airport Marriott, Cleveland, OH
20. Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, OH
21. Charlotte Marriott City Center, Charlotte, NC
22. Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport, Greensboro, NC
23. Courtyard Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC
24. Atlanta Airport Marriott, Atlanta, GA
25. Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, GA
26. Tampa Marriott Westshore, Tampa, FL
27. Courtyard Ft. Myers Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, FL #
28. Courtyard Ft. Myers Gulf Coast Town Center, Ft. Myers, FL #
29. Residence Inn Ft. Myers Gulf Coast Town Center, Ft. Myers, FL #
30. JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Miami, FL
31. Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando Autograph Collection, Orlando, FL
32. JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL #
33. Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL
34. Residence Inn Orlando Lake Mary, Lake Mary, FL
35. Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Marco Island, FL (now a JW)
36. Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Resort, Birmingham, AL
37. Birmingham Marriott, Birmingham, AL
38. Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel, Montgomery, AL
39.Fairfield Inn & Suites, Gadsden, AL
40.Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago, IL #
41.Renaissance OKC Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK #
42.Renaissance Waterford Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK #
43.Oklahoma City Marriott Northwest, Oklahoma CIty, OK # (closed)
44.Fairfield Inn & Suites Quail Springs, Edmond, OK
45.El Paso Marriott, El Paso, TX
46.Courtyard New Braunfels River Village, New Braunfels, TX
47.JW Marriott Austin, Austin, TX
48.Austin Marriott South, Austin, TX
49.Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
50.Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX #
51.Marriott Plaza, San Antonio, TX
52.DFW Airport Marriott, Irving, TX #
53.DFW Airport Marriott South, Ft. Worth, TX #
54.The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Ft. Worth, TX #
55.Courtyard Ft. Worth Fossil Creek, Ft. Worth, TX
56.Residence Inn Market St., The Woodlands, TX
57.The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, The Woodlands, TX #
58.Residence Inn Houston Convention Center, Houston, TX #
59.Courtyard Houston Convention Center, Houston, TX #
60.Renaissance Greenway Plaza, Houston TX #
61.JW Marriott Houston Downtown, Houston, TX #
62.Hotel Icon Autograph Collection, Houston, TX
63.JW Marriott Houston, Houston, TX #
64.Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, Houston, TX #
65.Houston Marriott Westchase, Houston, TX
66.Houston Airport Marriott Intercontinenal Airport, Houston, TX #
67.Sugar Land Marriott Town Center, Sugar Land, TX
68.JW Marriott Camelback Resort, Scottsdale, AZ #
69.Phoenix Airport Marriott Mesa, Mesa, AZ
70.Las Vegas Marriott, Las Vegas, NV
71.Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway, Aurora, CO
72.Denver West Marriott, Golden, CO #
73.Salt Lake Marriott City Center, Salt Lake City, UT #
74.Marriott's Mountainside, Park City, UT
75.Seatte Airport Marriott, Seattle, WA #
76.Seattle Marriott Waterfront, Seattle, WA #
77.Residence Inn Portland Airport at Cascade Station, Portland, OR
78.Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, OR
79.Portland Marriott City Center, Portland, OR #
80.San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA #
81.San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA #
82.San Francisco Marriott Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA #
83.San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, CA
84.Courtyard Salinas Monterey, Salinas, CA
85.Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA #
86.Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, CA #
87.Newport Beach Marriott Bayview, Newport Beach, CA
88,Costa Mesa Marriott, Costa Mesa, CA
89.Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, Dana Point, CA
90.Marriott Marquis San Diego, San Diego, CA #
91.San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA
92.Coronado Island Marriott Resort, Coronado, CA #
93.JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
92.Puerto Vallarta CasaMagna Marriott Resort, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico #
93.CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, Cancun, Mexico #
94.JW Marriott Cancun Resort, Cancun, Mexico #
95.Scrub Island Resort Autograph Collection, Scrub Island Virgin Islands (British) #
96.AC Hotel Bologna, Bologna, Italy
97.Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort, Barga, Italy
98.Marriott's Maui Ocean Club Lahaina & Napili Towers, Lahaina-Maui, HI #
99.Wailea Beach Resort, Maui, HI
100.The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Kapalua, HI
101.JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort, Honolulu, HI (closed)
Yes, the downtown Houston stays for basketball, baseball or concerts as not interested in dealing with the drive home. The ones near the house are for special nights or needed an extra night or so along the way so found good prices.
As for the 22 states, we love the coastal areas I guess. Don't pick on me Sir, ask the Mrs.
I'm currently sitting at 333 different Marriott brand hotels covering 616 separate stays. Way too many to list separately, but here's the stats by brand:
POINTS RECEIVED AND COST
Analysis of the 2.5million lifetime points received.
Next, spending at Marriott. Well I can tell you that I've not spent anything like the £200,000 at Marriotts suggested by 2,500,000 lifetime points. On the other hand it is possible to divine what has been spent, by working backwards on the points, so let's do that...
Firstly, points received NOT linked to spending. These are megabonuses, point rebates and goodwill points.
2006... 35,000 Got c/c plus 12,000c/c spends and Megabonus.
2007... 45,000 Hit 2 megabonuses. 12,000c/c
2008... 110,000, hit all megabonus of the year. 20,000 c/c, pointsdeals
2009... 170,000 maxed all that years megabonuses, plus others and 30,000c/c
2010... 100,000 hit 1 megabonus, had 20k goodwill and 20,000 rebate. 30,000c/c
2011... 60,000 hit last megabonus of the year. 30,000c/c
2012... Nil, received cat1-4 certs instead. Marriott cc closed in U.K.
2013... 35,000 from 10kC/C sign on, 15,000 goodwill, + cat1-4 Certs & 10k c/c
Then we need to add in the plat welcome points, now as I didn't always take the points, sometimes opting for cheeses and beer, this is a real guess but over the years I expect these totalled about 100,000pts.
Of my total 2,500,000 points earned, total bonuses earned unrelated to actual spends was therefore about 1,200,000 points. In other words with Marriott only just over half the points actually arise from paid stays. This means my "paid" points amounted to about 1,300,000 which at 17 points per £ (ave $1.70/£ over the decade) actually indicates £75,000 over the years. But even then, that's not still nowhere near true, because of the 20% silver elite bonus which I've received throughout meaning 220,000 of those 1,300,000 are free as a result of the silver bonus. Then we have the Platinum bonus, when a plat. Since I don't have the bills over the years the best way to reflect this is in %. I've spent ~450 nights at Marriotts, of which 380 have been whilst a plat, this means that 85% of my stays earning those 1,300,000 points benefitted from the plat uplift, so 85% of 1,300,000 is 1,100,000 and the plat bonus elements of those points were 1/5 of that after taking into account the silver I've already counted. That's 220,000 points as a result of that free plat uplift.
So now we have it. Of the 2,500,000 points I have received, 1,650,000 have been free, the other 850,000 were earned at an average of 17 points per £ spent meaning a total spend of £50,000. Yes, a lot of money, but that's a lot of stays!
Well, I've stayed a 'few' nights in Marriott beds over the years myself. I do not have the time or inclination to keep track of any of the details and I have put trust in marriott to keep track for me. That said, I find it interesting to follow those that do!
Based on the point level of others that posted, I think I must be paying too much on a nightly basis....
Well, although you've "done" Lifetime Plat about two-and-a-half times over, shoeman1000 you do seem to be averaging the same number of points earned per night. Your 6,115,000 points over 1,863 nights averages out at 3,283 points per night and my 2,500,000 points over 750 nights averages out at 3,333. I suspect we have very different stay histories and point accumulation percentages but it's amazing that we end up only 50 points per night credit different, equivalent to only a $5 spend per night!!
Wow, what a group. I'm like shoeman;
a) I (and the NSA) enjoy reading everyone's data, and b) I just check stay by stay and move along.
Now, I understand b.e.; anyone collecting post cards from every county seat in these United States of America, certainly knows his numbers; and IAH, well, as someone who had the mental capacity to safely keep track of all those birds in the sky, that stuff just comes natural; and pained with his color coded by brand, by date, by locale, his name says it all; and I guess the OP is by profession, nothing if not thorough (altho is the meter running? ).
BTW - My points per night average is 4,006
Next week BB shows us what shirt he wore at each stay
Keep on keepin' on Insiders - good (if not zany,) stuff